11 Things To Be Passionate About Right Now
Have you been struggling to figure out what you are passionate about?
I know how frustrating the struggle to find your passion can be.
In fact, I allowed frustration to infect my attitude during my life passion search.
I put my happiness on hold because I felt so passionless.
But you don't have to do that.
As frustrating as it is to search and search and not find your passion, it undermines your efforts to delay happiness until you discover it.
In fact, enjoying life and savoring everything you are doing along the path to your passion is an important part of the experience.
As you become more engaged with the life you have, you'll expand your awareness of the life you dream of living.
As you become more grateful, positive, and curious, you'll open doorways of enlightenment that lead you to your passion.
What I'm suggesting is more than a “relax and wait” frame of mind. It's a “relax, envision, engage, and expect” mindset.
Do the practical steps you need to do to find your passion (take assessments, get additional training, hire a coach, read books, research, etc.), but at the same time engage in other things you find interesting and valuable.
- Here are 11 things to be passionate about right now.
- 1. Get Passionate about Health and Fitness
- 2. Get Passionate about Relationship Health
- 3. Get Passionate about Learning
- 4. Get Passionate about Good Money Management
- What's On Your Passion List?
- 5. Get Passionate about Simplifying Your Life
- 6. Get Passionate about Personal Growth
- 7. Get Passionate about Mindfulness
- 8. Get Passionate about Creativity
- 9. Get Passionate about the Job You Have
- 10. Get Passionate about Helping People
- 11. Get Passionate about Improving Your Skills or Education
While you're taking these actions, actively look for clues to your passion for life.
I've found some specific habits and actions that accelerate your passion search and create the best environment to discover your passion.
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Here are 11 things to be passionate about right now.
Choose from the list of things to be passionate about to begin practicing now:
1. Get Passionate about Health and Fitness
If you've been feeling passionless and frustrated, you're probably neglecting your physical well-being.
This tends to happen when we're unhappy, but actually, it's the perfect time to reignite your commitment to health and fitness.
Find an interesting fitness routine that includes aerobic activity. I took up rebounding because I'd read so much about the health benefits of it and it looked so fun.
My rebounding commitment that I practiced during the cold months led to a new passion for running which I took up when it got warmer.
Even if you have an established routine, change it up with something new. Take up a sport or activity where you can meet new people who are doing interesting activities.
Research new healthy recipes and start cooking them. Join an online community where you share health and fitness goals and support one another.
How this passion example helps your search: When you feel great physically, it will undoubtedly help you feel better mentally and emotionally.
You'll be in the right frame of mind to discover your passion.
As you explore new health and fitness opportunities, you may meet someone, encounter something, or realize something about yourself that leads to a passion, as rebounding did for me.
2. Get Passionate about Relationship Health
When we're preoccupied with something that's not going right in our lives, our relationships can suffer.
We might become inattentive and distant with those we love.
A negative attitude can undermine the joy and spontaneity in the relationship.
Sometimes the people close to us begin to pull away because of the negative energy we're putting out.
Your close relationships are THE most valuable part of your life.
As you search for your passion, take time to focus on the health of your most important relationships.
If there are problems in a relationship, take the initiative to address them and work them out.
Be proactive in expressing your gratitude and feelings to your loved ones. Think about what brings them joy, and make that happen for them.
Explore new and fun activities to enjoy together. Lovingly tend to your most valued relationships as you would a prized garden.
How this passion example helps your search: The important people in your life will ultimately share in your life passion when you find it. You want and need their support, patience, and engagement.
They may have input and ideas that can give you insights about yourself and your passion. More importantly, having healthy, happy relationships is essential to your own well-being.
If your relationships are going poorly, you won't be emotionally healthy enough to find your passion.
3. Get Passionate about Learning
While you are seeking your passion, find something mildly interesting and begin learning everything you can about it.
It can be a useful skill (like learning a new language, creating a website, or investing) or simply an enjoyable activity that involves research and learning (like bird watching, uncovering your family tree, or drawing).
Whatever piques your interest, whether or not you believe it will be your passion, immerse yourself in it.
Become more skilled or knowledgeable, practice regularly, and take pleasure in the process of learning.
How this passion example helps your search: As you become deeply engaged in this new activity, it may very well reveal itself to be your passion or lead you to a passion.
Even if it doesn't, it will expose you to new and interesting ideas, people, and knowledge. You'll see that the process of engagement is a passionate activity itself.
This expands you as a person, opening your mind to possibilities and insights you didn't possess before.
4. Get Passionate about Good Money Management
As you work toward discovering your life passion, prepare yourself financially for building your life around the passion you ultimately discover.
If you are in debt, this is a perfect time to work on paying off your debt. Brainstorm ways to cut back on spending and to make extra income on the side.
If you need some ideas, check out the book The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by finance guru Dave Ramsey.
Consider your philosophy around money and spending.
- How much money do you really need to live the life you want?
- How much savings do you need for a possible job transition or time off?
- What do you need to learn about investing and growing your money?
- How are you spending money unconsciously?
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How this passion example helps your search: Solid financial preparation will be a huge benefit to you when you know your passion and you're ready to pursue it.
You'll be in a great position to make the necessary life changes that might be required for making your passion part of your life.
As you're searching now, just knowing you're in a financially sound position reduces the fear and doubt inhibiting you from finding your passion.
5. Get Passionate about Simplifying Your Life
Look around you at all of the nonessential “stuff” in your life — like material possessions, clutter, demands on your time and energy, draining people, or tolerations that distract you.
Get passionate about decluttering your life and simplifying it to the most important and valuable elements.
If you have material things you never use or that take up your time and energy with cleaning, care, and repair — sell them or give them away.
Clean out your closets, clear off your desk, clean up your inbox on your computer. If you need help, check out my book with my co-author Steve Scott called, 10-Minute Declutter: The Stress-Free Habit for Simplifying Your Home.
If you fill your time with activities or commitments you don't enjoy or that make you feel stressed, start eliminating them.
Are there people in your life who are negative, demanding, or otherwise difficult to be around? If so, let them go or cut back on the time you spend with them.
How this passion example helps your search: More time, energy, and space frees you from distractions that pull you away from your passion search.
It also frees up room for your passion, and eliminates the doubt and worry that you might not have time to find or live your passion.
By eliminating what isn't productive, useful, or necessary, it creates room for what is.
Surprisingly, it's when we are engaged in something else that our passion often makes itself known to us — or at least provides clues to lead us to it.
As you search for things to be passionate about, make good use of your time by becoming passionate in these activities that support your search.
6. Get Passionate about Personal Growth
When you're trying to find your passion, the first place to begin is within yourself.
Personal growth is the intentional effort to explore yourself to see where you need to change and improve your habits, behavior, attitudes, actions, and reactions.
You actively seek to find these areas that need improvement and to learn new mindsets and actions that help build emotional intelligence, confidence, and character.
You can do this by taking courses and workshops, reading self-improvement books, working with a counselor or coach, and finding a mentor.
Having motivation for personal growth isn't enough. You also must be willing to push yourself beyond your comfort zone and do things that are uncomfortable for your own good.
Maintaining a growth mindset and the willingness to improve is key to becoming a fully actualized person who is ready and open for a passionate life.
How this passion example helps your search: Working on your personal growth is foundational to any positive change in your life.
To find your life passion, you need to understand yourself, your inner roadblocks, your limiting beliefs and assumptions, and your insecurities.
By addressing these, you'll free yourself to explore ideas and interests that you might not have previously felt confident exploring.
Also, learning to push past your comfort zone during personal growth will prepare you to explore as you seek your passion.
You learn to get more comfortable with discomfort and realize the things you fear aren't so daunting after all.
7. Get Passionate about Mindfulness
Mindfulness means being attentive to what is happening right now and being present in the moment — which is the only reality we have.
And what better thing to be passionate about than the thing you are doing right now?
Rather than dwelling on regrets from the past or worries about the future, you remain focused on the now — even when the now is tedious or unpleasant.
However, practicing mindfulness is harder than it sounds. In the rush of our daily lives, we don't take the time to fully appreciate the task or experience at hand.
Our minds tend to wander and get stuck in negative thinking loops. It almost seems our minds control us and force us to think about everything except the present moment.
But the practice of mindfulness helps us gain control over our minds. We learn to tame our mental muscle so we don't suffer so much from worry and regret.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, but one of the best is through mindfulness meditation.
Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and lower incidents of addiction, depression, and eating disorders, among many other benefits.
Use this time of waiting to discover your passion to learn the power of mindfulness and meditation.
How this passion example helps your search: When you become more mindful, through meditation and other mindfulness practices, you will become more centered, calm, and focused.
You'll also be more appreciative and grateful for all of the good things in your life rather than so intently focused on what's wrong with it.
Having this openness and inner equilibrium leaves you more receptive to inspiration and creativity. When your mind isn't cluttered, you have room to explore possibilities for your life passion.
And as you explore, you're less agitated and worried about how to find your passion or make it work in your life.
Your appreciation for the present moment invites confidence that life will unfold in the best way to match your goals and desires.
8. Get Passionate about Creativity
Michael Gelb, the author of How to Think Like Leonardo daVinci, suggests there are seven principles (he learned from daVinci) to increase creativity. These include:
- Curiosity – Having an insatiable quest for knowledge and continuous improvement
- Thinking Independently – Learning from experience and applying that in new ways
- Sharpening Your Senses – Paying attention to all of your senses to explore the world
- Embracing Uncertainty – By getting comfortable with discomfort and managing ambiguity and change
- Balancing Logic and Imagination – Using your whole brain rather than relying on one or the other
- Balancing Body and Mind – Not focusing too much on one or the other
- Making New Connections – Finding patterns and new idea combinations from existing ones
Your job is to apply these principles in a fun way in your life, even if you don't think of yourself as creative.
To get passionate about creativity, you can find new activities that stimulate creativity (painting, drawing, writing, dancing, photography).
Or you can apply creative thinking to your current work projects, home tasks, or even your social life. How can you shake things up, make unique connections with old ideas, or do something differently?
Make it a point to get out of your rut and use creative thinking and activities to expand your horizons.
How this passion example helps your search: Finding your passion requires creative thinking. It's the lack of creative thinking that may have gotten you into the predicament you're in if you feel passionless.
The more you practice tapping into your creative brain (yes, we all have one), the more adept you'll become at seeing new possibilities and devising unique solutions for any roadblocks you encounter.
The more you practice being creative, the more confident you'll be in your ability to tap into it when you need it.
9. Get Passionate about the Job You Have
You may be fretting about how to find your passion because you're suffering in a job you don't like. Maybe your work isn't fulfilling or feels meaningless.
It's hard to feel any amount of joy in your work if a big part of it causing you angst. That negative part taints your entire experience, and you begin to see your entire job as a big drag.
But even in these situations, you can find something you enjoy about your job — your co-workers, a particular client, your office space, or your salary.
You may even be able to find a way to make the negative parts of your job more bearable by using creative thinking and devising a new way to make your work more interesting.
Applying mindfulness to your daily work and focusing intently on the task at hand (rather than stewing about how much you hate it) can ease the pain and give you more of a sense of purpose.
As the poet, Kahlil Gibran writes in his book The Prophet, “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”
How this passion example helps your search: Passion begins on the inside as you recognize that you can bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, even if it's a job you aren't crazy about.
As you learn to approach even the most unappealing tasks with joy, you'll find that your joy expands and opens doors for new possibilities.
Others will be attracted to your positive mindset, and they will see you as a go-to person for other potential career opportunities.
10. Get Passionate about Helping People
According to happiness researcher and author, Sonja Lyubomirsky in her book, The How of Happiness, helping other people is one of the keys to sustained happiness.
“Kindness can jump-start a whole cascade of positive social consequences,” Lyubomirsky said. “Helping others leads people to like you, to appreciate you [and] to offer gratitude.”
As you help others, you also discover abilities that you are naturally good at — and that make you feel good about yourself.
As you extend yourself, those around you realize how valuable you are and that you have more to contribute than they may have previously realized.
How this passion example helps your search: When you help and support others, you may discover a new passion when you give your time and energy to someone or something that's important to you.
In fact, I often advise passion-seekers to volunteer in organizations that are intriguing to them.
As a volunteer, you may have the opportunity to work in various areas of a business or enterprise, giving you a taste of what a job in that area might be like.
Just by extending yourself to others, no strings attached, you'll find that others want to help and support you in some way.
You'll expand your network of people who might lead you to your passion.
11. Get Passionate about Improving Your Skills or Education
While you're waiting to figure out your passion in life, do something to expand your existing skills or to improve your education.
Think about getting an advanced degree or taking continuing education classes in your field. Or work on an entirely different degree that can help you transition to another field altogether.
The return on your investment for an advanced degree can well make up for the expense and time involved in attaining it.
If you're not sure you want an advanced degree in your current field, consider a Masters in Communication Leadership, making you invaluable in any field in which proven leadership qualities and communication expertise are highly valued.
You might be interested in venturing out on your own, so an MBA in Entrepreneurship program will give you expertise for starting, building, or advising new business ventures
How this passion example helps your search: Whether you take masters courses at a university or online, you'll encounter other students from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds that might interest you.
Also, you'll interact with numerous professionals who are successful in their careers who can mentor and advise you.
You'll learn from professors who are often industry leaders and can provide real-world knowledge and valuable networking opportunities.
How to Discover Your List of Passions
Are you ready to start developing your own list of passions that might eventually become a career or hobby?
You probably know some of the interests and endeavors you already feel passionate about, and creating your list will help you clarify your next steps.
Here's how to get started:
- Grab a pen and paper, and start writing down every idea you can think of — even if it seems outlandish or undoable. Just conduct a brain dump of all of your ideas.
- Once you've exhausted all of your ideas and put them on paper, go back and circle your top five to ten ideas.
- Next, grab a sheet of paper for each idea, and write it at the top of the page.
- Begin researching the passion idea, making notes on the paper about the skills involved, any educational requirements, and (if it's a passion that can become a career) the salary potential. Do this for each of your top passions.
- Now go back and refine your list again, looking at the ideas that seem to intrigue you the most. Separate the papers for these finalists.
- Your next task is to write goals and action steps for each of these ideas. What is the bigger picture you want for this passion (a career, a side-gig, a hobby)? What are the specific steps you need to take to reach this goal?
- Finally, make a decision about the passion that seems to fit best into your life, your finances, and your overall goals.
Once you refine your list to your top idea, you may want to volunteer or experiment with the idea before investing too much time and money.
You can shadow someone who is already engaged in this passion, set up meetings to talk with people who do this thing or take a part-time job in the field.
Spending some time testing the water before you jump in head first.
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